Thursday, April 07, 2005

The trailers for My Summer of Love
  • "Mona (Press) has just got hold of a brilliant moped that only cost a tenner. No engine but still dirt-cheap. She lives with her brother, Phil, (Considine) who used to run a pub before he found God and poured away all the booze. Tamsin (Blunt) is rich, spoilt and trying to live a life of seductive decadence. They meet on the moors, above their quiet Yorkshire village and begin an intense, unlikely friendship. Tamsin is tragic and fantastical, Mona, rough and witty. Tamsin is charmed and Mona is hooked. Tamsin and Mona want to escape their lives but Phil wants to save them and save everybody else. Mona wants the old, dangerous, Phil back; the brother that she loved. Tamsin wants to see what it takes to break him."


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The trailers for Ten 'til Noon
  • "In ten minutes, everything can change. For these ten people, it will. A jet-lagged Larry Taylor awakens to find two strangers in his bedroom, and over the next ten minutes, will experience the most terrifying - and possibly final - moments of his life. But who these strangers are, and whay they want, can only be determined by events occuring elsewhere, and at the same time. We relive those same ten minutes through the eyes of those connected to what is not a simple home invasion, and with each person, find ourselves propelled closer to the truth."


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The Satanic Hand Sign. Hook 'em, Lucifer


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The trailer for Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) - a Russian movie which actually sounds kind cool, moving the lifetime total of cool Russian movies into low single digits.
  • "Set in contemporary Moscow, "Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor)" revolves around the conflict and balance maintained between the forces of light and darkness -- the result of a medieval truce between the opposing sides. As night falls, the dark forces battle the super-human "Others" of the Night Watch, whose mission is to patrol and protect. But there is constant fear that an ancient prophecy will come true: that a powerful "Other" will rise up, be tempted by one of the sides, and tip the balance plunging the world into a renewed war between the dark and light, the results of which would be catastrophic. "Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor)" is the first installment of a trilogy based on the best-selling sci-fi novels of Sergei Lukyanenko entitled Night Watch, Day Watch and Dusk Watch."


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Jon Stewart wins the P2IT


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Academy Already Gearing Up for 2006 Oscar Host Search


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XXX Sex Scene described at Jacko Trial


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The Daily Show looks at Democracy in Iraq.


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The Daily Show talks about the evil Tom DeLay making a rare appearance in the sunshine.


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The Daily Show looks at the new Star Wars merchandise.


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Jon Stewart welcomes Matthew McConaughey


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Sail Bellow, "Inventer" of a new American language, one in which an inventor is spelled with an "o."


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The Rogue's Gallery of Advertising Copycats


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Some new pictures from The Dukes of Hazzard


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Dave Barry presents: "TODAY'S EXAMPLE OF WHY SOMETIMES YOU SHOULD TAKE JUST ANOTHER MINUTE OR TWO TO WORK OUT THE LYRICS"


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Weekly World News: "TREE HUGGER FRIED ALIVE WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES BIG OAK!"


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Sales clerks tend to discriminate against fat shoppers. Especially at bikini shops.


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A trailer for the Brazilian comedy/drama, The Man Who Copied
  • "A gentle but aimless copy-machine operator (Lazaro Ramos) spends his evenings drawing comic book art, dreaming of making money and spying on an 18-year-old next store neighbor (Leandral Leal). Andre involves himself with the neighbor when she encounters trouble, and uses the photocopier to raise money in order to come to her aid."


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A trailer for the Russian movie, The Rider Named Death
  • "In the beginning of the 20th century, Russia was shocked by a series of cold-blooded murders. These killings were carried out by the 'fighting organization,' a socialist revolutionary group that directed acts of terrorism against various high officials of the state in different cities. The group is headed by George, and includes bomb maker Erne, who is devoted to him, and bomb throwers Vanya, Henry and Fyodor. As they try to achieve their main objective -- the murder of Grand Duke Sergey Aleksandrovich -- the story reveals their feelings and aspirations. They are terrorists for a variety of reasons: for love, revenge, principles and a belief in a better future. As their attempts on the Grand Duke's life fall short, members of the organization disappear. George suddenly realizes that he would do anything to kill the Duke..."


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"Here is the Penelope Cruz, in the relationship that seems more heated than the previous one"


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The History of Area Codes. It turns out there used to be some logic behind it at the beginning.
  1. In the first 1947 assignment of the codes, all areas got a 0 or 1 as the middle number. If an entire state got a single area code, the middle number was zero. If there were multiple area codes in a state, they all got a 1 in the middle. The numbers zero and one were never used in the first digit, and zero was never used in the ending digit. One was used in the ending digit only if not used in the middle. (Thus a number could end in 01, but not in 11.)
  2. In the days of rotary phones, the most populated areas were assigned the numbers that required the shortest "pulls" on the phone. Based on the logic in rule 1, the "shortest" possible area code (least distance for the rotary phone to move) was 212, so that code went to NYC. The next two shortest would be 213 and 312, so those went to LA and Chicago.


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Escher Web Sketch


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The new James Bond is still being announced daily, and it is Gilbert Gottfried after all.Here we go again. I thought this "new Bond" nonsense was over, but this site says it will be Daniel Craig, not Matthew Goode.


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Filmmakers Lucas and Cameron Tout The New-Style 3D Films


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The curse of the elderly anchors? For years, the front people for network news remained unchanged: Rather, Brokaw, Walters, Koppel, Jennings. Suddenly, they are disappearing together. The last domino fell this week when Peter Jennings announced that he has lung cancer.


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Bankruptcy Reform: President Bush Proudly Announces the Long-Overdue Conscription of Lazy, Good-For-Nothing Sick People into Eternal Corporate Slavery - (WHITEHOUSE.ORG)


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Mr Twig now has the new South Park episode (The Losing Edge).


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Borowitz: QUEEN ELIZABETH BATTLING EMPTY NEST SYNDROME. Starts Meddling in the Lives of Random British Subjects


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Borowitz: SHARKS POSTPONE ATTACK UNTIL SLOWER NEWS WEEK. Lack of Media Coverage Cited


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Just in case you are curious - 2 MASTERS TICKETS - 4 DAY BADGES - will set you back $6500


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Portrait of the last Pinball Wizard


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"If the Bush administration's plan to set up a base on the moon is to become a reality, scientists will first have to devise a way to deal with a tiny but ubiquitous enemy: lunar dust."
  • Couldn't they just send scientists from Lubbock? Compared to that, the moon will seem like Tony Randall's house.
  • Oh, wait. It just dawned on me that there might not be any scientists from West Texas.


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